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Corporate Power

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Let’s Take Constitution Day Seriously

September 17 is Constitution Day in America; an ideal time to reflect on the challenges our Constitution faces today.    Two hundred and twenty six years ago, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the proposed Constitution and left Independence Hall. Outside, a passerby asked a delegate, Ben Franklin,… September 17, 2013 | Citizens United , Campaign Finance , judicial activism , Corporate Power , corporate speech
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Endorsing Eliot Spitzer

I am endorsing Eliot Spitzer for Comptroller of the City of New York. The prospect of Spitzer back in government service is really exciting. Through his leadership of the several city employee pension funds, the Comptroller can be – in the tradition of Harrison Goldin, among others – one… July 9, 2013 | Corporate Power , Government Capture
Friday, June 14, 2013

The Political is Commercial: Washington's Revolving Door

The political is commercial -- it's a play on the seventies slogan, "the personal is political."  But it's true and it came to mind recently as I read Eleanor Bloxham's article about SEC Chair Mary Jo White and Washington's "revolving door." To put it simply: government jobs are worth… June 14, 2013 | SEC , Corporate Power , Government Capture
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Discussing the book on Reuters TV

I was interviewed for Reuters TV when I was in New York last week.  I had the chance to talk with Rob Cox and explain the theory behind Citizens DisUnited.  It really was an excellent interview and I think he was able to draw out some good explanations behind… June 13, 2013 | Capture , Corporate Drones , Corporate Power , CEO power
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Interviewed on Money Life

I had the chance to talk with Chuck Jaffe, host of MoneyLife and writer for MarketWatch.  Interesting conversation and a bit outside his usual topics -- all about the book and the effects of ownerless corporations.  And, we talked about what people can do to begin to change the… June 12, 2013 | Corporate Drones , ownership , Corporate Power
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Loopholes, Islands and Havens

  Tax avoidance is hot news – and especially because American tech darling Apple was called before a Senate subcommittee to explain why they paid such very low taxes in this country despite earning billions in revenue.    Today we hear of world leaders calling for international tax laws… May 23, 2013 | multinational corporations , Tax Havens , Offshore , Corporate Power , Capture
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Corporate Character

GMI is trying to define the characteristics of a corporation and how management make decisions that affect shareholders.  October 11, 2012. October 17, 2012 | corporate governance , Corporate Power , management , shareholder rights , accountability
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Happy Monopoly - Ratings Agencies

Happy monopoly describes the ongoing status of the SEC approved rating companies (Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations – NRSRO).  Notwithstanding that the Financial Crisis Investigation Commission and Senator Carl Levin’s Subcommittee on Oversight confronted the CEOs of the big ratings firms whose crisis-related pay went up by a multiple… April 24, 2012 | proxy , SEC , CEO power , Corporate Power , accountability
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Confronting Power

The only way I know to combat corporate power as it now stands is for government to exercise its powers as owners of a preponderance of publicly traded stock. Self-regulation didn't work and any attempts at government regulation are thwarted or circumnavigated. You can't control a corporation from outside… April 5, 2012 | fiduciary duty , CEO power , Capture , Corporate Power , Government Capture , Money in Politics , ownership
Thursday, December 15, 2011

True Cost of Military Equipment Spending

On the heels of my last post, Government Capture: Two Ways it Affects Us All, this terrific graphic arrived in our mailbox.  It details the cost of military supplies in contrast with how many families could live on that same amount of money.  If you believe, as I do,… December 15, 2011 | Iraq War , Capture , Corporate Power
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